This week, I was at a large meeting. As wonderful as it was to see folks, it was also overwhelming and I needed to spend quite a bit of time in reflection.
One of the things that bubbled up for me during those times of solitude was around the word "care" and how I can see people struggling with what that word means in their lives.
Some people pride themselves on not needing anyone else to care for them. They think care is only extended to the youngest and oldest amongst us. Others want to extend care to all, but only in their own way and timing - as if they can dictate what care looks like for other people. Still others do not know how to put into words what care they need, yet know that they feel the absence of care in a profound way.
The truth is, we all need to be cared for. To be held by other people. For none of us journey alone. The image of the lone ranger isn't accurate. We become lonely and we need support when the journey becomes hard.
Who cares for you? What is your reaction to the care you receive? And how are you being invited to join in caring for others?
Michelle is a Spiritual Director and End of Life Doula. She is the founder of Abide in the Spirit.
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